The Boe Forum on Public Affairs

Justice Antonin Scalia

Photo credit: The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.

In the wake of news that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, Augustana University officials have announced that the Boe Forum on Public Affairs, originally planned for Wednesday, March 9, has been canceled.

Justice Scalia was to have been the featured speaker at the 20th Boe Forum for a discussion on "Whether the U.S. Constitution is a Living Document.”

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“Since its inception in 1995, the Boe Forum on Public Affairs has sought to provide access to individuals who can address events, issues, or problems of worldwide or national concern and of broad public interest. Justice Scalia is, without question, such an individual,” said Dr. Harry Thompson, executive director of the Center for Western Studies.

Members of the Boe Forum Committee agreed.

“Justice Scalia’s presence on campus and his discussion before students and the public will no doubt challenge all of us to examine the ever-important role the Constitution holds in our society today.”
— The Boe Forum Committee

Dr. Peter Schotten, professor of government and international affairs/political science, teaches courses in constitutional law and political philosophy at Augustana and also serves as the University’s pre-law advisor. He said Scalia’s visit will be memorable for students and community members.

“For almost 30 years, Justice Antonin Scalia has been one of the Supreme Court's most scholarly, provocative and quoted Supreme Court Justices,” Schotten said. “For Augustana and those who live in its surrounding South Dakota community, it will be an honor to hear from a sitting United States Supreme Court justice. For our students, who have read, studied and debated his judicial opinions, it should prove to be a memorable treat.”

Identifying as a “textualist” for his belief in deciding cases based on the original intent of the Constitution, Scalia is well known for saying what he means and meaning what he says.

About Justice Scalia

Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, Scalia took his seat on the bench of the country’s highest court on Sept. 26, 1986.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Scalia earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. He went on to study at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and received his bachelor of laws (LL.B.) degree from Harvard Law School. He then served as a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960–1961.

After working in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1961–1967, he taught law at the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago, Georgetown University and Stanford University.

After serving as chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law (1981-82), and its Conference of Section Chairmen (1982-83), he then held various roles with the federal government, including: general counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy, chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel. In 1982, he was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Ticket Information:

Admission is free but tickets are required!

General Admission tickets for the 20th Boe Forum on Public Affairs featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia are no longer available online. Please contact the Center for Western Studies at 605.274.4007 or cws@augie.edu to request tickets. CWS members should also contact the Center for Western Studies to reserve their Priority floor tickets.

Ticketing and delivery options include:

  • Thermal tickets, which can be mailed to the address provided for a $3.50 fee or left at "Will Call" for pick up.*
  • E-tickets, which can be printed at home using any printer.
  • Mobile tickets, which will be sent directly to your mobile phone to use at the door. (If you have a smart phone, we recommend using the Walletini App to purchase, download, and store your tickets.)

All tickets will have an individualized bar code/QR code which will be scanned at the door as you enter the event. Tickets cannot be duplicated.

*"Will Call" tickets can be picked up in advance at the locations listed below or at "Will Call" in the Elmen Center Lobby beginning at 6 p.m. the night of the event.

The Center for Western Studies
Fantle Building, 2121 S Summit Ave
605.274.4007

Augustana Box Office
Located in the Morrison Commons
605.274.5320